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Farming

'Iconic slice of NZ' sold

Lochinver The Chinese firm that bought the Crafar farms has signed a conditional deal for another large block.

How much are our bees worth?

Bees Bees are worth $5.1 billion to the New Zealand economy each year, but all is not well with them.

Fonterra director retires

Jim van der Poel Jim van der Poel will leave the dairy co-operative's board in November, after 12 years of service.

Kelp is on the way

Roger Beattie Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

US beef numbers crunched

american beef farm OPINION: US farm study tour reveals good and bad implications for Kiwi farmers.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

US beef numbers crunched

american beef farm US farm study tour reveals good and bad implications for Kiwi farmers.

Extra busy times

There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.

Politics stirs dirty water issue

Capturing wool's value

Time to trim the fat

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Westland to better Fonterra?

West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Calving delays meetings

Income drop to hurt

Fonterra director retires

Jim van der Poel will leave the dairy co-operative's board in November, after 12 years of service.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

End of a very good alliance

grant cuff Grant Cuff will soon bid a quiet farewell to red-meat processor and exporter Alliance Group.

Keeping lambs alive

Aussie expert outlines five top tips for farmers to prevent deaths over the lambing season.

Sheep milk - better for ewe

Cheesemakers raise the bar

'Iconic slice of NZ' sold

The Chinese firm that bought the Crafar farms has signed a conditional deal for another large block.

Kelp is on the way

Roger Beattie Farmer and entrepreneur Roger Beattie has a new eco-farming idea for kelp seaweed.

Nautilus toasts global success

Within 30 years, Nautilus Estate has grown from an ambitious idea to a world-renowned premium wine brand.

Wineries expand to meet demand

Que syrah syrah

How much are our bees worth?

Bees are worth $5.1 billion to the New Zealand economy each year, but all is not well with them.

Working dogs in demand

Greg Beaton Dozens of cockies go looking for working dogs at the 57th annual sale of heading and huntaway dogs.

Extended burning ban unlikely

A ban on burning plastic in rural areas is unlikely to be introduced in the Taranaki countryside.

Stock crashes spark warning

Green solutions

Carr Group confirms Elders Rural purchase

The South Island family-owned Carr Group has confirmed the purchase of Elders Rural Holdings New Zealand for an undisclosed sum from its Australasian owners.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Keep watch on running costs

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Upbeat over tech future

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.